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Academic Coaching: RC Success


The RC Success Program is a structured academic assistance program Directed by Shannon McNeal, M.S., Assistant Director of Academic Services for Retention & Academic Coaching, designed to address study habits and personal issues that can hinder one's academic progress. Its purpose is to assist students on academic warning in their efforts to return to good academic standing by the end of the current semester through:

  • Strategic advising
  • Progress monitoring
  • Building study skills
  • Mandatory study hall (minimum of 6 hrs per week)
  • Academic Peer Mentoring 
  • Accountability 

Since 2007, RC Success has helped students on academic warning change the course of their academic future. In the Spring of 2019, 81% of the students who participated in RC Success were eligible to return to Roanoke College for the Fall 2020 school year (all students during spring 2020 were allowed to return due to COVID). The RC Success way works!  Students who participate in the program will learn the following:

  • Manage distractions and build concentration
  • Time management and organization
  • Academic responsibility and classroom civility
  • Academic priorities and a daily study routine

    Ms. Shannon McNeal, M.S. 
    Assistant Director of Academic Services
    for Retention & Academic Coaching
    Office Location:  The Center for Learning & Teaching, Fintel Library
    Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM 
    Phone:  540-375-2251
    Email:  mcneal@roanoke.edu

RC Success @ Roanoke College

Feedback from Former RC Success Participants:

"Amazing program!"

"This definitely helped me.  I was able to get away from distractions and it gave me a good place to do homework."

"The academic mentoring I received was outstanding and very helpful.  I have never heard of another school that cares for their students as much as Roanoke College does and it is fantastic."

"I love the way my Academic Peer Mentor worked with me to help me in my classes.  She definitely cared about my studies and it showed!"

"I did not know how distracting phones were until they were taken away.  It was helpful to be in a quiet environment with little to no distraction to get my work done."